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Sylia Stingray by wbd Sylia Stingray by wbd
One of my favorite anime series is the old OVA series "Bubblegum Crisis". I never really understood Sylia Stingray's character design from it, however, until recently when I learned more about the artist Patrick Nagel. You may recall his work on the cover of "Rio" from "Duran Duran" (if not, it's easy enough to find).

So, I decided to draw a picture of Sylia in a sort of Nagel-esque style, and this is what I came up with. Nagel's design sense was incredible, and I loved the solid and dynamic constructions he built. I just had to try something similar after seeing it.

Art Notes:

Drawn in OpenCanvas.
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resqspc Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Recognized the Nagel influence  immediately (he died while was an undergrad art major). Love your take on Sylia... any chance of one of all the girls together?
wbd Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I didn't draw the other sabers in that style mainly because Sylia fit it well, but I struggled to figure out a way to make the others look right.
Rallyguy33 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Oh man, I love this one. Classic BGC is one of my favorites, and I love Kenichi Sonoda's character design. You did such a great job merging that with Nagel's style. The result is classic 80's cool - just like Bubblegum Crisis. Great job!
wbd Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I had fun putting this together. Nagel and the 80s just go together so well, and Sylia fit both perfectly. I just had to draw it.
UnionJack1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013

Dear wbd,


     What a really lovely picture! Also, you certainly

have gotten down the Patrick Nagel style.

     Disappointing news on the Bubblegum

Crisis movie front. Despite all the entries for 2011

and 2012 on the web,  apparently the

live-action movie is not getting made.

Sigh. In fact, double sigh.

Knight Sabers, sanjo!

wbd Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank-you! I had fun putting this pic together. Nagel's style is such an interesting one, I had to try it out.

As for the live-action movie, perhaps it is for the best. I didn't really have high hopes for it.
Nudesunrise Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Ah, yes, the Rio-esque Sylia.... always liked this.
wbd Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you do! I figured that Nagel-style worked well for her.
Nudesunrise Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Though, I still think 2040 Sylia is prettier. :XD:
DrLoveless99 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Here I was thinking how gross women smoking was (other than Faye Valentine), but good ol' Sylia looks stylish, especially with that cig holder. Yeah, and this does remind me of the cover of "Rio," style-wise.

Here I sit, typing this, smoking a cig as well. :XD:
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